Toyota Leads the Way in Green Buildings

Total of 29 LEED Certified Toyota & Lexus facilities and dealerships in the U.S.


Torrance, Calif., May 30, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc’s. (TMS) recently completed Kansas City Regional Technical Training Center in Kansas City, Mo. has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The technical training center is located at the region sales office and provides offices, classrooms and training bays for Toyota dealer technicians. A total of 11 Toyota/Lexus U.S. facilities and 18 Toyota/Lexus dealerships have achieved LEED certification, leading the automotive industry in green building efforts.

“At Toyota, we are committed to reducing environmental impacts throughout our operations,” said Doug Beebe, TMS corporate manager of administrative services. “LEED provides a framework for us to demonstrate that doing what is environmentally responsible can also be financially responsible.”

The Kansas City technical training center integrated the following LEED elements into construction to achieve Gold certification:
In addition to the Kansas City Regional Technical Training Center, 10 Toyota/Lexus U.S. facilities have achieved various levels of LEED certification since 2003. Ranging from office space to vehicle distribution centers, these facilities represent Toyota’s continued efforts to improve the design and efficiency of all operations while reducing the overall environmental footprint. A complete listing of LEED certified facilities is found below.

Toyota sparked an industry trend in 2006, with construction of the first LEED certified automotive dealership in the country. Patt Lobb Toyota of McKinney, Texas, achieved Silver LEED certification and paved the way for additional dealers to follow. To date, 18 Toyota/Lexus dealerships have achieved LEED certification, including the nation's only Platinum LEED certified dealership, Kendall Toyota in Eugene, Ore. An additional nine dealerships are complete and awaiting final certification (see complete listing below).

“Toyota and Lexus dealers have truly seized the opportunity to ‘green’ their businesses,” said Ernest Bastien, TMS vice president of retail market development, “and by doing so are demonstrating environmental leadership in their communities. Dealers are also quickly re-couping their initial investments and realizing the long term financial benefits of building more efficient dealerships.”

LEED dealership construction was spurred by Toyota’s ECO Image U.S.A. II initiative which assists dealers with construction of facilities that emphasize efficiency and reduce overall environmental impacts. LEED certified dealers are seeing a 26 percent reduction in energy costs per square foot per year. In addition, quick return on investment for sustainable building materials, efficient lighting and other LEED elements are confirming the economic benefits of building green.

The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a third-party green building certification program designed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion of green building practices and the LEED program. LEED projects accumulate points/credits in various environmental categories. Point totals determine the level of certification, ranging from ‘Certified’ to ‘Platinum.’

TOYOTA/LEXUS U.S.A. LEED CERTIFIED FACILITIES

FACILITY

LOCATION

LEED RATING

DATE

Toyota Technical Center

Kansas City, Mo.

Gold

2012

Toyota Inland Empire Training

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Gold

2010

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

New York, N.Y.

Gold

2010

Toyota Technical Center

York Township, Mich.

Gold

2010

Toyota Racing Development North Carolina

Salisbury, N.C.

Certified

2010

Lexus Florida Training Center

Miramar, Fla.

Gold

2009

Toyota Phoenix Training Center

Phoenix, Ariz.

Silver

2009

North American Production Support Center

Georgetown, Ky.

Silver

2006

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Washington, D.C.

Silver

2006

Portland Vehicle Distribution Center

Portland, Ore.

Gold

2004

Toyota Motor Sales South Campus

Torrance, Calif.

Gold

2003


TOYOTA/LEXUS LEED CERTIFIED DEALERSHIPS

DEALER

LOCATION

LEED RATING

OPENING DATE

Pat Lobb Toyota of McKinney

McKinney, Texas

Silver

2006

Toyota of Rockwall

Rockwall, Texas

Gold

2008

Jerry Durant Toyota

Granbury, Texas

Silver

2008

Mark Miller Toyota

Salt Lake City, Utah

Gold

2008

Caldwell Toyota

Conway, Ark.

Gold

2008

Kendall Toyota

Eugene, Ore.

Platinum

2008

Fitzgerald’s Lake Forest Toyota

Gaithersburg, Md.

Gold

2009

Toyota of El Cajon – Service Center

Santee, Calif.

Gold

2009

Grossinger City Toyota

Chicago, Ill.

Silver

2009

Toyota of El Cajon

El Cajon, Calif.

Silver

2009

James Toyota

Flemington, N.J.

Silver

2009

Lexus of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev.

Gold

2009

Sewell Lexus Ft. Worth

Ft. Worth, Texas

Gold

2009

Dave Munganast Lexus of St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo.

Silver

2010

Toyota of Bend

Bend, Ore.

Gold

2010

Beaman Toyota

Nashville, Tenn.

Certified

2010

Legends Toyota

Kansas City, Kan.

Gold

2011

Henderson Lexus

Henderson, Nev.

Gold

2011



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